The Very Best of 2013 with Link Love

Happy New Years, everyone!  I realize that it’s January 2nd, but I believe that it’s never too late to send a New Years greeting!  I also believe that it’s never too late to take a glance in the rear view mirror and reflect on the past year, which is exactly what I’m doing today…

This post is about sharing some of my own favorite writing from 2013, and some of my favorites from the blogging community.  Both writing and reading good blog posts inspires me to push on in my pursuit of becoming a better person.  To those of you who wrote one of these posts, thank you for sharing your words with us in 2013.


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my sister and my dog

1. The Art of Journaling by Kenzie at Chasing Happy :: how various forms of journaling awakens something different inside of us

2. One Thing Your Daughter Doesn’t Need You to Say by Emily at Chatting at the Sky :: i could read this post over and over and over

3. On the Night before your First Middle School Dance by Dana at The Kitch Witch :: a beautiful mother – daughter tale

4. Don’t Waste your Motherhood by Tahnie at A Happy Girl :: about her gratitude for being a mother. a must read whether you’re a mother or not.

5. Letting go of fearing Forever by Jennifer at Project: Underblog :: a post about being comfortable in our own skin

plus some of my own…

1. What is the biggest regret of your life?  :: on how to prevent life regrets

2. 10 Things that Make Me Blush :: my only and favorite poetry piece i’ve ever written

3. The Best Way to Feed your Soul this Fall :: my post on 31 random acts of kindness; one of my favorite projects in 2013

4. Dear Chapstick (A Love Letter) :: a fun piece about being a girl

5. Chinese Food, F* Bombs & My Dad :: a peek into life growing up with my dad!

I hope everyone is ringing in the new year on a high note!  But before we start talking resolutions (even if you’ve already started), what was your favorite moment of 2013??

Linking up with Mama Kat’s workshop.  Prompt #3: Share your top blog posts of 2013.

Life Changing Moments & Commemorating my Sister

When I started reading Emily’s blog, I was drawn to her compassion.  Just like her, I also faced the trials of growing up as a female in this world and not knowing when I should speak up or close up.  I longed for her words each week, which gave me comfort and forgiveness for any mistakes I made along the way.

In short, she changed the way I view my life.

When Emily started writing about art, however, my life changed in an even greater way.  I wrote before about how I never considered myself creative:

Isn’t creativity for the artists, the painters, the makers-out-of-anything?  Certainly being able to put some words together on a piece of paper doesn’t make me a creator.

Emily writes about how everyone is an artist, in their own way.  It’s in the way we live our life, the way we speak to strangers on the street, how you care for your children.  We are all living and breathing art.  When I read her words more and more, I couldn’t help but agree.

I fooled myself all along.

When I think about how I’m living my art, for me, it’s always been about the words.  This is how I express my creativity.  But, I don’t just want to write some interesting words and then hide them away in a desk drawer.  I want to inspire people.  If I boiled down how I live my art to one statement – this would be it.  Remember my self-proclaimed self-title?

Since Emily invited us to share how we are living our art today, I wanted to do something special and tie in my 31 Random Acts.  So, I painted this sign for my sister.

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It’s always been about the words.

My sister is the most driven person I know.  I have a hard time keeping up with her most days while she’s sleeping.  She’s a member of Ohio State’s leadership society, heritage organization, and student government.  She volunteers at the local jail in Columbus and touches all people she comes across.  I told her that I wanted to paint the sign with this quote because I honestly think these passions are the most beautiful things about her.

Nicole – you inspire me and I want to share your story so that we inspire others.  This is how we’re living art. xoxo

*This completes #4 Think about something specific about someone that you think is really great.  Do something to commemorate it.

Other 31 Random Acts conducted (that I know about!):

  • My sister wrote a note to someone who inspires her (she is doing this every day in October)
  • The Undercover Princess is writing a note to soldiers!
  • The Kitch Witch dropped off banana bread for flood families!

Thank you for your RAK love!

 Are you completing a random act today?